Massively Distributed Work

Lukas Biewald (Weights & Biases)
Strategy & Business Models
Location: 2005 Level:
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 7 ratings)

New technologies have made it possible to have thousands of people to collaborate almost instantly. For instance, CrowdFlower, a rising startup in this sector, worked with several NGOs and telcos to provide a way for tens of thousands of people in Haiti to send emergency text messages, have them translated and classified, and sent to the correct aid agency in a matter of minutes. Another crowdsourcing platform, Amazon Mechanical Turk, assisted in a massive search operation to locate Jim Grey, a computer scientist who was lost at sea, breaking up satellite photos and quickly distributing them to thousands of anonymous volunteers.

In this session, we’ll look not only at how these new crowdsourcing technologies are being applied to social problems but to business problems, too: how large companies are now outsourcing significant parts of their supply chains to “casual workers.” We’ll cover a growing trend in online games where game players are being paid by companies in virtual money for doing real-wold tasks: taking surveys, verifying business listings, searching for copyright violations, and in some cases doing shadier things like sending letters to congress against health care reform.

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Lukas Biewald

Weights & Biases

Lukas Biewald is the founder and chief data scientist of Weights & Biases, a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand workforce to help companies collect training data and do human-in-the-loop machine learning. Previously, he led the Search Relevance team for Yahoo Japan and worked as a senior data scientist at Powerset. Lukas was recognized by Inc. magazine as a 30 under 30. Lukas holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Stanford University. He is also an expert Go player.

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Ellen Dudley
05/06/2010 8:52am PDT

Last session of the day, Lukas was so enthusiastic and passionate about CrowdSourcing, was a great ending to the conference.

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